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Medicaid safety net
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I appreciated Paul Gibbs' "Thanks to Medicaid" (Forum, March 20) about his experience with federal/state assistance.

My husband has a good job and insurance. We pay taxes and are happy to do so. We do not consider ourselves "takers."

However, we are the parents of a severely mentally disabled child who lives in a Medicaid-paid-for care center. We kept her in our home until she became a danger to herself and others. She thrives in a structured environment.

Without this government assistance, we could not afford a modest mortgage or provide a "normal" life for our other children. Nor could we provide the setting most appropriate for our daughter's growth.

How grateful we are to live in a country where there is a social safety net for the most vulnerable citizens. When we value those who are least among us, we show our common humanity.

May we as a state embrace the federal Medicaid assistance offered.

Tonya L. Christensen

Lehi

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